The nursery design controversy: Is "Sad Beige" Harmful?

From the experts at Studio Belize® - Design Studio for Children's Products:

There's a hot debate going on in social media right now: Is the color scheme "Sad Beige" for the children's room really a good choice? Opinions differ and many parents are wondering which nursery interior decor is the right one. In this article, we discuss pros & cons of this current interior trend as well as alternatives and whether the criticism of "Sad Beige" is actually justified.

What should be the color scheme of the children's room interior?


The color scheme of the children's room is important! Not only does it affect the atmosphere of the room, but it can also influence your child's mood and behavior. Followers of the "Sad Beige" trend, or more beautifully "tone on tone", appreciate the calming and neutral effect of the muted beige tones that harmoniously mesh with each other. They argue that this neutral color scheme creates a calm and relaxed atmosphere in a child's or baby 's room, which is conducive to concentration and well-being. Moreover, neutral colors like a canvas can be easily combined with other colors and elements, which gives you more flexibility when decorating the child's room. Another benefit of neutrality: tone on tone is gender neutral! The times in which you furnish the children's room girls pink and the children's room boys blue are long gone.

Critics, on the other hand, complain that "Sad Beige" is too boring and monotonous for a child's room. They plead for bolder colors that encourage children's creativity and activity. If you feel unsure about the color scheme for your child's room, you can also consider alternatives. Pastel colors, for example, are a great alternative. They are soft and calming.

But what do developmental psychologists have to say about the color scheme of a child's room? The color scheme of the child's room is not as decisive for the child's development as is often assumed. Much more important, they say, are the baby's or toddler's interactions with his or her environment, as well as the types of toys with which he or she engages.

"Sensory stimulation is critical in baby and toddler play."

So, according to developmental psychologists, toys play a central role. Toys that can be touched, grasped and felt are fundamental to a child's perceptual development and early development. The Pikler Triangle with Slide for example, offers your baby a variety of ways to explore his environment and develop his motor skills. Just like wall bars in the nursery and other natural wooden toys stimulate your baby's sense of touch, coordination and motor skills, promoting their development.



Pikler triangle with slide


Baby room: more than just a baby wardrobe

When it comes to furnishing the baby room, many immediately think of the baby wardrobe, changing table baby bed. But in addition to these classics of the nursery wall color,wall tattoos or children's wallpaper , there are other elements that shape the character of the nursery design :

  • Baby bed
  • Children's wardrobe
  • Montessori shelf
  • Children's room carpet
  • nursery curtains
  • Textile composition (the interaction of textiles)

Furnishing the child's room should not only be aesthetically pleasing, but also promote the child's development. Remember that the nursery should be a place where your child can play, learn, rest and grow.



Whether you love or hate the "Sad Beige" trend, the most important thing is that you create a nursery that promotes your child's development and is a place where your child feels comfortable and safe. And remember that the color of your child's room is not the most important thing, the right toys and the activities you provide for your child are far more important.

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